C1799
 (1842)

George Fergusson

Portrait of George Fergusson (1743-1827) was a Scottish advocate and judge. He was admitted a member of the Faculty of Advocates on 17 December 1765 and practiced at the bar for thirty-four years with considerable success. On the death of Robert McQueen, … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

George Fergusson

Date:

C1799
 (1842)

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Etching

Image Size: 

100mm 
x 130mm
AUTHENTICITY
George Fergusson - Antique Print from 1799

Genuine antique
dated:

1842

Description:

Portrait of George Fergusson (1743-1827) was a Scottish advocate and judge.

He was admitted a member of the Faculty of Advocates on 17 December 1765 and practiced at the bar for thirty-four years with considerable success. On the death of Robert McQueen, Lord Braxfield, Fergusson was made an ordinary lord of session, and took his seat on the bench as “Lord Hermand” on 11 July 1799. He was also appointed a lord justiciary on 4 August 1808, in the place of Sir William Nairne of Dunsinnam. He resigned both these offices in 1826.

Kay etched and sold his caricature portraits individually from 1784 until the 1820’s. These individually issued etchings were collected over many years by Hugh Paton and issued as, A series of original portraits and caricature etchings by the late John Kay.

John Kay (1742 - 1826)

Kay was a Scottish caricaturist and engraver. He was born near Dalkeith, where his father was a mason. At thirteen he was apprenticed to a barber, whom he served for six years. He then went to Edinburgh, where in 1771 he obtained the freedom of the city by joining the corporation of barber-surgeons. In 1784 he published his first caricature, of Laird Robertson. In 1785, induced by the favour which greeted certain attempts of his to etch in aquafortis, he took down his barber's pole and opened a small print shop in Parliament Close. There he continued to flourish, painting miniatures, and publishing at short intervals his sketches and caricatures of local celebrities and oddities, who abounded at that period in Edinburgh society. Kay's famous shop on the Royal Mile was destroyed during the Great Edinburgh Fire of November 1824.

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